Mali official gold exports increase 15% in 2018 to over 61 tonnes

Mali gold exports increase by 15.4% to 61.63 tonnes in 2018, up from 53.4 tonnes in 2017, National Institute of Statistics says, mostly owing to stronger industrial production.

* Value of gold exported in Mali increased to 1.46 trillion CFA francs ($2.40 billion) last year, from 1.28 trillion CFA francs the previous year.

* Almost all recorded gold was from industrial-scale mining, with just 800 kilograms recorded from artisanal mines. ($1 = 583.8200 CFA francs)

(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo Writing by Tim Cocks Editing by Juliette Jabkhiro)

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